Tactics | CWG 22 | SF #2 - AUS v NZ
Written By: Jeet Vachharajani
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#1 - Australia's LHB-RHB can influence Fran Jonas' selection/role
Fran Jonas is not an experienced PP bowler in the T20s and plays a role in the middle-overs. This changed at the fag end of the Super Smash 2020 when match-ups/situations demanded her to be introduced in the PP for Auckland Hearts.
A debut for New Zealand in T20Is & a team without the pros Frances Mackay & Leigh Kasperek. This has resulted in a new role for Jonas straightaway & that is to squeeze in an over first-up. However, New Zealand has given her the first over when they have played against opponents with two RHBs opening the batting.
This happened against South Africa (Anneke Bosch & Tazmin Brits) & England (Danni Wyatt & Sophia Dunkley). But not against Sri Lanka (Chamari Athapaththu & Vishmi Gunaratne) who had an LHB-RHB opening combination. It was this game when Eden Carson played ahead of Jonas.
In Australia, New Zealand faces a similar challenge of bowling to an LHB-RHB combination of Beth Mooney & Alyssa Healy. This could possibly influence the selection of Jonas. With Carson will get the nod ahead or Jonas will not take the new ball.
#2 - Lea Tahuhu operating from Around the wicket to Beth Mooney & Rachael Haynes
Tahuhu generally likes to operate from Over the wicket to Mooney. This ploy could work well as Mooney does have a tendency to chop it on against balls curling/seaming back in. Tahuhu with her slingy arm generates that good inward movement into LHBs.
However, Tahuhu can nail similar deliveries from ATW as well & that's when she has the potential of being deadlier & trapping the LHBs in front of the stumps. She operated from OTW to Haynes in the CWC and got hit for runs. As soon as she switched to ATW, she dismissed her off the very first ball as she breached the defenses of Haynes with a curler.
#3 - Lea Tahuhu to Alyssa Healy
Healy is amidst a heavy struggle to find runs. She is finding ways to get dismissed & the dismissal against India could be looked at being imitated by New Zealand. Healy likes to open the face of the bat and dab the ball initially. The problem for New Zealand could be the lack of movement on offer as compared to the previous games.
This means they will have to make the most out of it within the first 3-4 overs in order to have Healy dabbing/guiding one through to the slips or point.
#4 - Hayley Jensen to Meg Lanning
The original ploy was dished out beautifully by New Zealand. Australia has Meg Lanning, and New Zealand has Hayley Jensen at their disposal to replicate the same plan. A tight off-side ring & a line wide outside the off.